Your muscles are arranged in layers. The goal of deep tissue massage is to access those deeper layers. Generally, the strokes used are slower and more specific, and utilize more pressure than Swedish-style massage.
Ashiatsu (pronounced ah-shee-AHT-soo) is a barefoot massage technique that uses gliding, compressive strokes to provide deep relaxation and create structural change. The therapist is supported by overhead bars. Utilizing my feet instead of my hands allows more comfortable access to deeper tissues.
Technically, all of the services I provide are deep pressure massage. Deep tissue/injury massage is very specific work (typically limited to a segment of a limb or small part of the torso) that can be integrated into a full/partial body massage or comprise a stand-alone treatment.
Injury massage is appropriate for everyone once the initial swelling and heat have subsided. Full body deep pressure massage is appropriate for healthy individuals who are not under a doctor's care for heart or circulatory problems and are not taking blood thinning medications. Ashiatsu Deepfeet Bar Therapy® is not recommended for pregnant women. If you are currently under the care of a physician, get medical clearance for "deep, aggressive, compression massage" prior to making your appointment.
Deep tissue massage feels different than relaxation massage. It can be painful if pressure is being applied to sensitive, dysfunctional tissue. Pain during treatment subsides as tissue health improves. Client feedback is invaluable to providing the best possible session.
Post-massage soreness is common with deep tissue massage, much like when you've done a physical activity your muscles are not accustomed to. Basically, the tissue is being re-injured on a microscopic level to stimulate the healing process. General soreness may last a day or two, while soreness to the touch can last several days. Post-massage soreness can be minimized by drinking plenty of water before and after your session (at least half your body weight in ounces per day), taking hot epsom salt baths, applying heat to the area of soreness (10-15 minutes per hour), stretching, applying topical analgesics (Icy Hot, Sombra, arnica gel, etc.) and using over-the-counter pain relievers (as a last resort!).
Getting deep tissue massage on a regular basis results in decreased muscle tension and pain, increased range of motion and better tissue health.
Yes! I wash my feet before and after every massage and put on slippers that I only wear after I've washed my feet. During the massage, I step into flip-flops when I have to leave the table. I wash the flip-flops while I'm washing my feet after each session.